Outreach Officer

Outreach Officer

Are you passionate about education and science communication? We need you! Join the iREx/OMM science outreach team and help plan, create, implement, and evaluate a wide range of educational activities!

Outreach Officer

Université de Montréal – Faculté des arts et des sciences – Département de physique
Institute for Research on Exoplanets and Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic

The Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx) includes a growing team of around 60 people from the Université de Montréal, McGill University, Bishop’s University, Université Laval and the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, all working on various research programs on the study of exoplanets and other related areas of stellar astrophysics.

In addition to its research program, the Institute also has a dynamic education and public outreach programme led by professional science communicators. The iREx benefits from a strong partnership with the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic (OMM), which includes a 1.6-m diameter telescope, the largest on the East Coast of North America, used by professional astronomers from Quebec and elsewhere, as well as an experimental astrophysics laboratory that designs state-of-the-art astronomical instruments intended for the largest observatories, on the ground and in space.

Description of the position

Under the direction of the Deputy Director of the iREx and OMM, you will be responsible for assisting the iREx and OMM outreach team in the planning, creation, implementation, and evaluation of a range of activities related to their education and public outreach programme.

Main Responsibilities

• Assist in the design and production of iREx and OMM tools and activities related to their education program and scientific outreach in astronomy, particularly in the field of exoplanets and astronomical instrumentation.

• Assist in the dissemination, promotion and delivery of the range of activities of the iREx and WMO science outreach team.

• Collaborate with other members of the iREx and WMO science outreach team as well as with researchers from these organizations in order to highlight their research, their scientific discoveries, and their contributions to the field of science. astronomy and astrophysics.


• Bachelor’s degree in physics, astronomy, journalism, communication, education or another discipline deemed relevant.

• Experience (may be volunteer work) in communication, education, science popularization, journalism, writing, video production or other disciplines deemed relevant.

• Proficiency in written and spoken French and English.

• Excellent scientific communication skills, ability to clearly and concisely explain a complex subject to the general public.

• Ability to work independently and in a team.

• Ability to effectively manage own hours, work on multiple projects simultaneously, and meet deadlines.

• Knowledge of astronomy and the field of exoplanets an asset.

• Knowledge of graphic or video editing software (ex: Photoshop, FinalCut, AfterEffects, etc.) an asset.

• Knowledge of social media management (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok), Mailchimp or WordPress an asset.


• An annual salary ranging from $52,690 to $75,121 depending on your work experience

• Diversified and interesting career prospects as well as a continuing education offer

• Possibility of remote work or work in hybrid mode

• Easy access by public transport

• Access to clinics and the host of services offered to the UdeM community

• Reduced working hours during the summer period and a host of other benefits to facilitate work/life balance

Information about this position

• Temporary position (11 months) part-time, 24 hours a week, starting as soon as possible, with the possibility of conversion into a regular and/or full-time position very quickly.

• Deadline to submit your application: November 25, 2022.

To Apply

Please go to the UdeM Carrières website and search for position “521602” to find the posting. You can then create an account and follow the instructions to apply. Do not hesitate to contact Nathalie Ouellette, nathalie.ouellette.2@umontreal.ca, if you have any questions.